High above Singapore’s Central Business District, there is a secret room.
With virtual anonymity it stands over the heads of the unsuspecting public below, preoccupied as they pound up and down the busy streets. I scan a bustling Victoria Street but none of the office workers who race past the futuristic National Library building look up. Why should they?
How could they possibly know about the cultural and historical treasures assembled just beyond their reach?
Be in no doubt, however, the Rare Materials Collection on the 13th floor of the sprawling library complex provides a far greater public service than any accessible exhibition ever could.
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Digital Books: BooksSG
BookSG is an online collection of digitised books and other printed materials held in the National Library Singapore, including rare and historical imprints, selected works from the British Library’s Oriental & India Office Collection and works published in Singapore. The collection features materials related to Singapore and Southeast Asia.